This Week in ODL: Mar 27-31, 2017

Welcome to This Week in ODL, a weekly blog series published by the Office of Digital Learning through which we provide readers with the latest developments in the projects and learning experiences under development at our office. With this post, we highlight this week’s news for your review and feedback. Remember to check back next week for the latest updates on our work!

2017 Digital Pedagogies Colloquium at Austin College

On March 31 and April 1, Middlebury’s Associate Provost for Digital Learning, Amy Collier, will co-facilitate a colloquium on digital pedagogy at Austin College with Bryan Alexander, higher education researcher and futurist with BAC Consulting. The 2017 Austin College Digital Pedagogies Colloquium is part of the Mellon Foundation grant, “Collaborative Pedagogies for a Digital Age.” This grant, implemented in 2014, awarded thirty Austin College faculty with stipends to enable them to incorporate digital practices, resources, and applications into their courses and teaching.

The colloquium will include deep discussions into topics related to digital pedagogies at Austin College and beyond, such as 3D printing and digital books, flipped learning, digital annotation, digital story telling, and future trends in the digital liberal arts in higher education.

Digital Annotation Workshop with Jeremy Dean

On April 6, the Office of Digital Learning, in collaboration with the Academic Technology Group and the Digital Learning Commons, will host a discussion on digital annotation in classrooms and online. Digital annotation—a technology that allows users to annotate documents and web pages from inside a browser window or inside Canvas—is an alternative to online discussion forums, which can often be hard to make lively and interesting. The talk will be lead by Jeremy Dean, the Education Director at Hypothes.is.

The workshop will explore collaborative web annotation as a core digital pedagogical practice in the 21st century classroom. We hope you will join us at 1:30 PM Eastern in the Wilson Media Lab for what promises to be an enlightening discussion. Click here for more information.

ODL Blog Post: The Digital Does Not Compute

Sean Michael Morris, Instructional Designer with the Office of Digital Learning, published a blog post entitled “The Digital Does Not Compute” in which he explores the changing concept of digital learning within the higher education context. In this post, Morris presents the digital as a learning environment, through which different instructional and learning opportunities exist.

As Morris writes, “…when we talk about digital learning, we are not talking about screens or apps or even computers. We’re talking about how our lives have been altered by the existence of digital technologies, how we now think differently than we used to, write and speak in new ways, interact and connect across greater distances.”

Through this post, Morris asks readers to think about how an institution like Middlebury might develop or evidence our own digital signature by thinking past the technologies that allow us to surface the digital, and instead by developing a literacy about our own digital intersectionality.

Listening Booth Underway

The ODL’s Amy Collier this week is continuing to support listening opportunities to help restore community at Middlebury in the context of recent events on campus around student protests associated with speaker Charles Murray. These listening opportunities arise out of an institutional belief that fostering community takes intentional work, and that listening to and understanding each other is foundational to that work.

To foster the listening opportunity, a booth has been created where participants can relax in a comfortable, intimate conversation space while they listen to one another and share their experiences of being part of the Middlebury community. The conversations are recorded and some parts may be shared anonymously, with permission, as part of a community building event.

Since the launch of the listening booth, students, faculty and staff have been taking part in the opportunity to share thoughts and respond to others. Click here to sign up and participate. The booth remains open through April 7.

Sonja Burrows

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